Our Chief of Staff, Amit, talks about thinking positively, the importance of fintech post-pandemic, and our awesome team of mmobsters.
How did you come to join the mmob?
After graduating with a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from King’s College London, I worked as a Project Manager and Agile Change Agent in the Banking and Financial Services sector. I’ve been fortunate enough to work for many great institutions: Credit Suisse, RBS, M&G and HSBC (where I met our CEO, Irfan). In August 2018, Irfan, Ikram (Co-founder and CEO of HarnessDI) and I launched HarnessDI, a consultancy firm specialising in Data & Analytics, where I was employee 1 and COO, and helped grow the team up to 12 people.
Then the pandemic hit and during lockdown we decided to pursue our passion for fintech and Open Banking and mmob was born. Again, as employee 1 and Chief of Staff, and together with our COO, Jim, I feel we have built the robust foundations for mmob to scale at pace.
What is your favourite thing about working at mmob?
Definitely the team — I feel we’re growing a team of superstars, all of whom bring something different to the table and are sharing some really great ideas. I’m learning from each of them all the time.
What does your job role entail?
No two days are ever the same! As Chief of Staff to our CEO, my role is to support him in all day-to-day activities, solving problems and putting out any fires before they get to him. My responsibilities include financial management, creating investor materials and funding round management, and recruitment of awesome team members (the mmobsters). I also work closely with our COO and Head of Tech to ensure we deliver projects on time and most importantly, keep our team happy and motivated.
What are you working towards at the moment?
Outside of the day-to-day and internal operational activities, I’m currently working on refining the UI / UX of the mmob application. It has come a long way from our first design and I’m really loving the new look.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
With juggling the multiple weekend activities of my two boys, Akhai and Aari, I don’t have as much spare time as I’d like. In the time I do have I really enjoy trying to keep fit, coaching the boys in football, spending time with my family and making up my own versions of cocktails — my current favourite being a Mango and Chilli margarita! In addition, I’m hoping to start a UI / UX course next month as this is something I’ve really enjoyed while working on the mmob application design and is definitely a skill worth having. Post ‘Freedom Day’, I’m excited to start organising some fun social events for our team.
What do you think the future of fintech looks like?
I believe there are some incredibly exciting times ahead — even more so given the impact of the pandemic. Businesses and customers are going to be looking for the latest-and-greatest fintech solutions to help them better manage their financial well-being. I feel fintech is going to be pivotal in economic revival.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Always look for the positive in every situation — I try and live by this and say the same to my boys. It’s not always going to be easy and some days are going to be much tougher than others, but as long as you look for a positive, no matter how small, you’ll feel much better for it. It’s all about having a positive mindset and important to remember every day presents a new opportunity to start again.